Harry Potter play ‘unlike anything people have seen before’, says JK Rowling

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Picture: Robert Perry
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Picture: Robert Perry
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SCOTS author JK Rowling thinks the new Harry Potter play will be “unlike anything people have seen before”.

The author was speaking ahead of the first performance of the latest instalment in the series - a two-part West End play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Rowling told The Observer that the production - which picks up where the epilogue of the final book left off with Potter as a middle-aged civil servant - that she still carries the world of Harry Potter around in her head all the time.

The play by Jack Thorne - the writer of This Is England ‘90 - is based on a story by him, Rowling and director John Tiffany.

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Discussing the process of returning to write about Potter and the wizarding world, Rowling said: “It was 17 years and just because I’ve stopped on the page doesn’t mean my imagination stopped.

“It’s like running a very long race. You can’t just stop dead at the finishing line.”

It has been almost nine years since the final book in the series was released.

“But I carry that world around in my head all the time,” she admitted.

While information about the plot has been sparse, Rowling did say: “I think that, as a theatrical experience, as a play, it will be unlike anything people have seen before.”

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Rowling’s teaser about the production comes as tickets, the most expensive of which had a face value of £65 per show, are being listed for sale online for close to £800 for both parts.

Part One and Part Two open at the Palace Theatre on July 30, with previews taking place from June 7.

The play is booked up until May 2017 and, although 40 tickets will be released every Friday, these are expected to sell out within minutes.

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